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PW Major Jay Hull Won First Prize at UURAF
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PW Major Jay Hull Won First Prize at UURAF

On April 7, Professional Writing major Jay Hull gave their presentation “In Defense of ‘Slacktivism’: Online Activism & Empathy” at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). Earlier this week, it was announced that they won first prize for the Communications Arts & Sciences oral presentations.

 Hull worked with Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures Professor Kate Birdsall on this project. Their presentation covered the concept of “slacktivism,” which their abstract defines as when someone “accuses people who are involved in online activist communities of staying in their own isolated bubbles of beliefs, sharing links that confirm their own views to feel good

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   PW Major Jay Hull, photo by Jay Hull

about themselves, and not following up their words with actions that create any real change.” Hull went on to defend those who engage in slacktivism, using queer theory and the Riot Grrrl movement, as well as exploring online empathy.

The Grand Prize winner for Humanities, Social Sciences, & Communication Arts & Sciences will be announced in June 2017. Congratulations to Jay Hull on their first prize placement.

 

Written for WRAC by Casey McDougall